Bulletin Staff Report

A rock slide shut down a portion of Forest Road 58 in the southeast corner of the Ochoco National Forest, and it will probably remain closed through the weekend.

U.S. Forest Service managers decided to close the road earlier this week after they noticed the rock slide and determined that more rocks could fall onto the road, according to a Forest Service press release. The rock slide was caused by melting snow and wet soil.

The section of road closed is near the south fork of the John Day River, an area used often by turkey and bear hunters, wildflower viewers and local traffic, according to the release.

Forest workers are developing a plan to clear the road and will reopen it as soon as they can, the release stated.